Writings by Topic: Democracy and Islam

Press Releases
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Islamic Relief Fails to Disprove Terror Links News from the Middle East ForumJuly 30, 2018
Articles by MEF Staff and Fellows
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Strategic Patience with Turkey to Undercut Erdoğan Ahead of Election Gatestone InstituteFebruary 3, 2023
The Iran Revolt Has Sustainable Momentum: What Happens Next? The Jerusalem ReportJanuary 28, 2023
Turkey's Elections Are Not Just Turkey's Gatestone InstituteJanuary 26, 2023
Canada's Islamists Impede the Counterjihad While Seeking Taxpayer Monies Focus on Western IslamismJanuary 13, 2023
Sweden's Islamist Party Leader Claims Muslims Profiled by Intelligence, Rights Violated Nordic MonitorJanuary 12, 2023
France Settles l'Affaire Houellebecq — at Least for Now The New York SunJanuary 11, 2023
Islamist in Georgia Falsely Portrays Herself as Cinderella Candidate Focus on Western IslamismJanuary 9, 2023
Divisive Australia: Promotes Islam, Shuns Christianity The SpectatorDecember 16, 2022
An Islamist-Leftist Alliance Threatens Freedoms in Spain Focus on Western IslamismDecember 14, 2022
An Inside Look at the Decline of Islamism with Former Salafist Umar Lee; Part II: The Akh-Right and Antisemitism Focus on Western IslamismNovember 25, 2022
An Inside Look at the Decline of Islamism with Former Salafist Umar Lee; Part I: Conversion and Disillusionment Focus on Western IslamismNovember 25, 2022
Counter-Islamists Meet in a Palace, Make Ambitious Plans Focus on Western IslamismNovember 10, 2022
Is Erdoğan About to Get His Comeuppance? Gatestone InstituteNovember 1, 2022
Denmark Leads the West to Immigration Sanity The National InterestOctober 28, 2022
Legacy Media: Italy's New PM Is a 'Neo-Fascist.' But, No, She Isn't Focus on Western IslamismOctober 27, 2022
Is This Immigrant Muslim Stronghold in Michigan America's Election Fraud Capital? Focus on Western IslamismOctober 25, 2022
A Conservative-Islamist Alliance; Part 1: Trouble in Dearborn Focus on Western IslamismOctober 25, 2022
Can a Single Politician Cut EU Funding to Islamists? Focus on Western IslamismOctober 14, 2022
Qatar Funds Islamist Separatism in Germany Focus on Western IslamismOctober 10, 2022
Furqaan Bookstore Promoted Anti-Western Hate and 9/11 Conspiracies at ISNA Convention Focus on Western IslamismSeptember 30, 2022
Muqtada al-Sadr, Iraq's Dangerous Actor, Part II: Looking Ahead GISSeptember 29, 2022
Muqtada al-Sadr, Iraq's Dangerous Actor, Part I: Beginnings GISSeptember 28, 2022
Iran's Morality Police Kill Young Woman, Spurring Protests The Jerusalem PostSeptember 16, 2022
Mosque Founder Says Muslims Should Pray for West's Destruction: Will Pittsburgh's Mayor Honor Him? Focus on Western IslamismSeptember 14, 2022
Farce or Progress? Macron Tries to Expel an Islamist Focus on Western IslamismSeptember 9, 2022
Palm Beach School Board Under Fire for Awards from Islamist Group Focus on Western IslamismSeptember 7, 2022
DeSantis Accuses CAIR of Deception, Ousts It from Florida Program Focus on Western IslamismSeptember 1, 2022
Muqtada al-Sadr Retires: What Next in Iraq? The Jerusalem PostAugust 30, 2022
Congress Holds Key to Turkey-Greece Balance of Air Power Gatestone InstituteAugust 25, 2022
Erdoğan Blocks Visits by UN Human Rights Group Nordic MonitorAugust 25, 2022
Harvard Replaces Michigan Mayor Accused of Election Fraud from Voting Rights Panel Focus on Western IslamismAugust 21, 2022
Congressional Candidates Withdraw from Event at Jihadist Mosque Focus on Western IslamismAugust 15, 2022
EU Funds Islamist Groups Defunded by Former Arab Sponsors Focus on Western IslamismJuly 28, 2022
Ankara and Tehran Instigate Iraq Chaos The Jerusalem PostJuly 28, 2022
Tunisia's Constitutional Referendum Has Regional Implications The Jerusalem PostJuly 25, 2022
CAIR Polls Itself, Revealing Its Failure to Unite Muslims Focus on Western IslamismJuly 8, 2022
Erdoğan's Choreographed Row with NATO Is for Domestic Consumption Gatestone InstituteJuly 7, 2022
Breaking Away from Iran (Part 2): Iraq GISJuly 5, 2022
Breaking Away from Iran (Part 1): Lebanon GISJuly 4, 2022
Turkey's Religious Arm Gears Up for Intensive Campaign Among the Diaspora for Erdoğan's Re-Election Bid Nordic MonitorJune 9, 2022
Lebanese Leader Defies Hezbollah, but Is It Enough? The Jerusalem PostMay 27, 2022
No to the Planned Palestinian Elections The Jerusalem PostJanuary 15, 2020
Eternal Jihad: Islam Will Never, Ever Stop American ThinkerOctober 23, 2018
Kurdistan Region in Iraq Goes to Polls a Year after Independence Vote Jerusalem PostOctober 2, 2018
Socialists Back Islamist-Linked Muslim Candidates in Michigan Primaries The FederalistAugust 13, 2018
Saudi Arabia and Canada: Why Is the Kingdom Losing Support in the West? Jerusalem PostAugust 6, 2018
Europe's Most Important Politicians in 2018 (so Far) The Washington TimesAugust 1, 2018
Turkey: New System, Old One-Man Show BESA CenterJuly 30, 2018
Did Someone Say 'An Apartheid State'? Sigma Insight TurkeyJuly 24, 2018
Islamists With Ties To Terror Lobby Congress FrontPage MagazineMay 4, 2018
The Turkish Referendum: A Turning Point? BESA Center PerspectivesApril 20, 2017
Turks Vote to Give Away Their Democracy The Gatestone InstituteApril 18, 2017
Turkey's Democracy Deficit The Gatestone InstituteAugust 11, 2016
Turkey's Stockholm Syndrome The Gatestone InstituteNovember 8, 2015
What Turkey's Elections Will NOT Change The Gatestone InstituteOctober 29, 2015
Erdoğan Leads Turkey to the Precipice The AustralianOctober 17, 2015
The Turkish Press's New Normal The Gatestone InstituteOctober 4, 2015
Turkey's Thaw with Israel Could Be Short-Lived The Gatestone InstituteSeptember 21, 2015
Turkey: Hope and Fear The Huffington PostJune 23, 2015
Post-Election Turkey: Now What? The Gatestone InstituteJune 11, 2015
An End to the 'Era of Oppression' in Turkey? The Gatestone InstituteJune 8, 2015
Turkey's Unimportant Election The Washington TimesJune 5, 2015
Will Turkey Go the Way of Weimar Germany? The Gatestone InstituteMay 2, 2015
Erdoğan's Western Enablers Hürriyet Daily NewsFebruary 18, 2015
Why a 'Turkish Tsipras' is an Oxymoron Hürriyet Daily NewsJanuary 30, 2015
Legitimate and Illegitimate Dictators Hürriyet Daily NewsNovember 26, 2014
Better Dictators than Elected Islamists The Washington TimesDecember 11, 2012
Muslim Brotherhood 'Democracy' Investigative Project on TerrorismJuly 9, 2012
Egyptian Election: Islamist Victory or Deceptive Strategy? Gatestone InstituteJune 19, 2012
Moderate Indonesia? The American SpectatorJune 6, 2012
Voting in Egypt as 'Holy War' Gatestone InstituteMay 22, 2012
Jihad: When Elections Fail Jihad WatchJanuary 26, 2012
Is an Egyptian "Democracy" a Good Thing? Hudson New YorkFebruary 16, 2011
Anoush Ehteshami and Democracy in Egypt The EconomistFebruary 8, 2011
Islam and Democracy - Much Hard Work Needed National PostFebruary 7, 2011
Why Egypt Will Not Soon Become Democratic The EconomistFebruary 4, 2011
'Lawfare' gains ground Washington TimesMay 19, 2009
Arab Democracy and American Policy MEF Policy ForumFebruary 25, 2009
The Islamist Role in the 2008 Canadian Elections American ThinkerNovember 8, 2008
Turkey: Erdogan, the AKP, and Secularism Euro-Atlantic QuarterlyJuly 2008
The Case Against Turkey's Ruling Party The AmericanJune 20, 2008
Turkey's Putin Deserves to Go Wall Street JournalJune 6, 2008
Turkey's Uncertain Future The AmericanApril 30, 2008
A Democratic Islam? Jerusalem PostApril 17, 2008
Turkey and Democracy Euro-Atlantic QuarterlyMarch 2008
Ban Islam? New York SunAugust 29, 2007
Fight for Mideast democracy faltering Philadelphia InquirerJuly 14, 2006
[The Hamas electoral victory:] Democracy's bitter fruit National PostJanuary 27, 2006
Don't deal with terrorists USA TodayJanuary 25, 2006
The Freedom Crusade, Revisited: A Symposium National InterestWinter 2005/06
All the Wrong Reasons Private PapersNovember 13, 2005
Defending and Advancing Freedom CommentaryNovember 2005
Can Hezbollah and Hamas Be Democratic? New York SunMarch 22, 2005
A Neo-Conservative's Caution New York SunMarch 8, 2005
Indonesian Democracy vs. Islamist Fundamentalism FrontPageMagazine.comAugust 10, 2004
Is an Iraqi Strongman Emerging? New York SunMay 4, 2004
Bush the radical Jerusalem PostNovember 12, 2003
Debate: Islam and Democracy PBS "Wide Angle"July 15, 2003
A Strongman for Iraq? New York PostApril 28, 2003
Are Today's Islamic Movements Compatible with Democracy? InsightAugust 14, 2000
There Are No Moderates: Dealing with Fundamentalist Islam National InterestFall 1995
Articles in Middle East Quarterly
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Erdoğan's One-Man Islamist Show Middle East QuarterlySpring 2016
Tunisia's Fragile Post-Revolutionary Order Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2016
What Egypt's President Sisi Really Thinks Middle East QuarterlyFall 2014
The Forgotten Secular Turkish Model Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2013
Are Iraq and Turkey Models for Democratization? Middle East QuarterlySummer 2012
Hala Mustafa and the Liberal Arab Predicament Middle East QuarterlySpring 2010
Turkish Secularism Is Democratic Middle East QuarterlySummer 2008
The Economics of Democracy in Muslim Countries Middle East QuarterlySummer 2008
Are Muslim Countries Less Democratic? Middle East QuarterlyFall 2007
Naser Khader and Flemming Rose: Reflections on the Danish Cartoon Controversy Middle East QuarterlyFall 2007
Can There Be an Islamic Democracy? Middle East QuarterlySpring 2007
Does Prime Minister Erdoğan Accept Turkish Secularism? Middle East QuarterlySpring 2007
Debate: "Democracy Is about More Than Elections" Middle East QuarterlySummer 2006
Quantifying Arab Democracy Middle East QuarterlySummer 2006
Democratize but Stabilize Middle East QuarterlySummer 2006
Will U.S. Democratization Policy Work? Middle East QuarterlySummer 2006
Want Democracy? Get a King Middle East QuarterlyDecember 2000
Can Democracy Prevail? Middle East QuarterlyMarch 2000
Islam and Democracy: Rejoinder Middle East QuarterlyDecember 1994
On Democracy Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1994
Why Turkey Is the only Muslim Democracy Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1994
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Democratic Transitions in the Arab World Middle East QuarterlyFall 2017
Democratization and Authoritarianism in the Arab World. Middle East QuarterlySummer 2016
Derailing Democracy in Afghanistan: Elections in an Unstable Political Landscape Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2015
The Mobilization of Political Islam in Turkey Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2012
The Next Founders: Voices of Democracy in the Middle East Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2011
The Next Founders: Voices of Democracy in the Middle East CommentarySeptember 2009
Freedom's Unsteady March: America's Role in Building Arab Democracy Middle East QuarterlySummer 2009
Islam and the Everyday World: Public Policy Dilemmas Middle East QuarterlySummer 2008
Islam and Democracy in Iran: Eshkevari and the Quest for Reform Middle East QuarterlySpring 2008
Iran, Islam, and Democracy: The Politics of Managing Change, 2nd ed. Middle East QuarterlySpring 2008
The 'West', Islam and Islamism: Is Ideological Islam Compatible with Liberal Democracy? Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2004
After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2004
Rachid Ghannouchi: A Democrat within Islamism Middle East QuarterlyFall 2002
Makers of Contemporary Islam Middle East QuarterlySpring 2002
Legacy of the Prophet: Despots, Democrats, and the New Politics of Islam Middle East QuarterlyFall 2001
Democratization and the Islamist Challenge in the Arab World Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1997
Egypt, Islam and Democracy: Twelve Critical Essays Middle East QuarterlyJune 1997
Middle East Forum Blog
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Report: UK Authorities 'Turning a Blind Eye' to Muslim Electoral Fraud BreitbartAugust 11, 2016
On Turkey's Fraudulent Election Tomorrow June 6, 2015
Middle East Forum Radio
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Benjamin Baird on Islamist Influence in the 2020 Elections Middle East Forum RadioMarch 8, 2020
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Hussain Abdul-Hussain on Iran's Push to Control Iraq Middle East Forum WebinarJanuary 20, 2023
Susannah Johnston on the Decline of the Islamic Society of North America: An On-Site Report Middle East Forum WebinarOctober 7, 2022
Brigitte Gabriel on Living Under Islamism: A Personal Tale of Survival Middle East Forum WebinarSeptember 19, 2022
Sean Durns: How Hezbollah Manipulates the Media Middle East Forum WebinarAugust 1, 2022
Daniel Haqiqatjou: Why Islam Is the Solution to 'Liberalism' Middle East Forum WebinarMay 27, 2022
Charles Jacobs Asks "Where are America's Jewish Leaders?" on Islamist Antisemitism Middle East Forum WebinarApril 4, 2022
Paul Miller: What Does Just War Theory Say about the Middle East? Middle East Forum WebinarMarch 25, 2022